United States military supposedly evaluating security balloons in Midwest skies

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The test will end in Illinois. 


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To punish narcotics trafficking and homeland security hazards, the United States armed force is supposedly evaluating high-altitude security balloons throughout 6 states. Up to 25 unmanned solar-powered balloons will drift at elevations of 65,000 feet over South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri with the tests set to conclude in main Illinois, according to a report from The Guardian on Friday. 

Details of the proposed test were exposed in files submitted with the Federal Communications Commission on behalf of the Sierra Nevada Corporation, an aerospace and defense business. The United States Southern Command commissioned the test.

The balloons are geared up with hi-tech radars — practical day or night and resilient in any sort of weather condition — to at the same time track lorries. The files reveal that the tests got an FCC license to run on July 12 and stop on Sept. 1. Similar flight tests were certified in 2015, according to the report.  

The security balloons are supposedly a low-cost platform that can follow vehicles and boats for extended periods of time. Since winds typically alter instructions, the balloons can hover simply by rising or coming down. 

The Sierra Nevada Corporation, the FCC and the United States Southern Command didn’t right away react to ask for remark. 


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